PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers made Marquette work but were unable to capture a set on Saturday evening in their dig pink match, falling 25-19, 25-22, 25-10 to the Golden Eagles.
Sophomore Amanda Pacheco was Penn's top hitter, finishing with a .333 hitting percentage and six kills. Fellow classmate Lauren Martin was the only Quaker to hit double-digit kills, finishing with ten.
In the first set Penn came out strong, scoring six of the match's first ten points. Marquette responded and quickly tied the match at six. The Red and Blue would tie it again at eight and nine but couldn't take the lead, falling 25-19.
The Quakers played strong in the second, taking a 14-12 midway through the set. However, five straight by the Golden Eagles made it 17-14. Penn got back within one at 21-20, but couldn't take draw even, eventually losing 25-22.
Marquette scored the first five of the final set and took control with a 10-1 run in the middle, finishing with a 25-10 victory.
Penn hit .152 for the match and finished with 42 digs. Senior Madison Wojciechowski contributed 12 of those digs, while Julia Swanson added nine and Megan Tryon had eight. Tryon also finished with 26 assists and two kills.
The Quakers drop to 4-9 with the loss while Marquette improves 9-7. Penn returns to action on Friday when it hosts Ivy rival Yale at 7 p.m.